The renowned Magic Marine teamriders Iker Mart쭥z and Xabier Fernandez (ESP) were awarded the ISAF Rolex Sailor of the World awards this year for their success in the 49er and new career in ocean racing. They were unfortunately unable to attend the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico but it was of good reason... Because they were at sea competing for Team Telefonica in the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. Team Telefonica is leading the Volvo now with 31 points.
Iker and Xabi have created goals and obstacles larger than many can dream of. What puts them absolutely above the rest is that they actually accomplish what they set out to do. After standing on the podium at the 2008 Olympic Games with a silver medal, Iker and Xabi jumped on a plane to Alicante in order to board Telefonica for the 2008/9 Volvo Ocean Race. This race was an eye opener and the two said, "We had learned a lot but we need to do it ourselves in order to really raise our level for the future."